Denman Bursaries 2018/19


There’s still time to apply to th current round of Denman bursaries !

Denman bursaries are supported by donations including donations given by or in memory of Vera Cox, Dr Ernest Walker, Jessie Burns, Joan Yeo, Claire Emery, Kathleen Mary Hughes and Olive Kenyon.

Denman First-Timer bursaries – Eight bursaries for £300 each and one for £250 are available for a WI member attending a residential course for the first time.

Denman Carer bursaries – Three bursaries for up to £450 each for a 2 night residential course plus care costs and travel are available for any WI member who is a full time carer.


Freda Barnicoat Kindly donated by John Barnicoat in memory of his wife. Four course bursaries for £300 each and four course bursaries for £200 each are available for first time attendees on a residential course.

Netherhall Kindly donated by an avid Denman supporter. Eight course bursaries for £250 each are available for any WI member attending a residential course.

Beryl Allen legacy Kindly donated by James Allen and his sister in memory of their mother Beryl Allen.  Ten course bursaries for £300 each and eight course bursaries for £250 each are available for first time attendees on a residential course.

Mary Pexton Kindly donated by Mary Pexton.  Five course bursaries for £300 each are available for first time attendees on a residential course.


To apply for any of the Denman bursaries detailed above, please send a short letter in support of your application to:

Karen Hodge, Denman, Marcham, OXON, OX13 6NW or email:

In your letter or email please give the following details:

  • Your full name, contact details, WI and Federation
  • The name of the bursary you would like to apply for
  • How you would benefit from attending the course
  • Whether you have received a bursary from Denman in the past
  • The number and title of the course you would like to attend if your application for a bursary is successful plus a second and third choice.
  • Any accommodation or dietary needs, should your application be successful

The closing date for applications is Friday 20 July 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted in writing by Friday 3 August 2018.  Regrettably it will not be possible for Denman to notify unsuccessful applicants.


  • All bursaries awarded must be used on residential courses taking place between 1 October 2018 and the end of September 2019.
  • For WI individual members only.
  • Only one bursary may be applied for per individual.
  • A bursary cannot be awarded to anyone who has been awarded a Denman bursary in the past three years.
  • Denman Bursaries are open to WI members only, for residential open courses and cannot be applied to a course arranged via a federation or a small group booking.
  • Denman Bursaries cannot be applied to courses already booked.
  • Carer costs will be paid after the course attendance upon a receipt or invoice.

Good luck everyone applying !

Unity – A Community Arts Project

unity mosaic

As part of Stockton Contemporary: A celebration of contemporary art Castlegate Shopping Centre are holding an Arts Festival to celebrate Stockton’s spirited community. UNITY is a dynamic art project bringing together the community of Stockton to unite and create a remarkable piece of art, a mosaic of a Stockton landmark, with every piece stuck in by local people.

Mosaic workshops are on the following dates:

Sunday 8th July, 11am-3pm
Thursday 12th July, 11am-3pm
Saturday 14th July, 2.30pm-4.00pm
Tuesday 17th July, 11am-3pm
Thursday 19th July, 11am-3pm
Sunday 22nd July, 11-3pm

Visitors to Stockton Soup on  Wednesday 18 July will also have the opportunity to take part in this wonderful project !


As we know,  2018 marks a significant anniversary for the rights of women in our country, marking 100 years since some women were given the right to vote. Part of this year’s Stockton International Riverside Festival Community Carnival will celebrate the impact of the suffrage movement and pioneering individuals under the umbrella theme Reach for the Stars.

The Council issued an open invitation to groups and individuals to take part in free workshops to design and embellish over 100 sashes which will be worn in the parade to celebrate the centenary. Taking up the challenge, we were thrilled to attend today’s workshop, run by the fabulous artist Kim McDermottroe of Greener Lavelle, who came armed with ready-made sashes and bags full of felt, paint, ribbon and buttons – a crafter’s dream ! Two hours later and we’d had a go at screen printing and made a start on decorating our sashes with our own personal statements. We’ll be working on our sashes over the next couple of weeks so watch this space for the finished article; we’re already excited about putting them on and walking in the Carnival parade on Saturday 4 August from 12pm to 1pm through the High Street and onto the Riverside.

This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the ladies that went before us as well as take part in a great Stockton community event, and it’s not too late to get involved ! There are more workshops planned for Monday 16 July and Wednesday 18 July, full details can be found here. They are completely free and lots of fun ! The organisers very kindly gave us some extra sashes, so if you would like to be involved but can’t make a workshop or would rather wear a plain sash please let us know – any of Stockton’s ladies and girls can take part and we’d love you to walk with us, WI member or not !